The Cult of the Proletariat

““Because the horror of Communism, Stalinism, is not that bad people do bad things — they always do. It’s that good people do horrible things thinking they are doing something great.” -Slavoj Zizek ‘But as in all cults, what’s central to the Communist Party is the belief system and the elimination of nuance. From there…

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Immigrants, the easy target…

Just a few weeks before Christmas, we read the following at The New York Times: “Denmark plans to house the country’s most unwelcome foreigners in a most unwelcoming place: a tiny, hard-to-reach island that now holds the laboratories, stables and crematory of a center for researching contagious animal diseases. As if to make the message…

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Left Unity: A Discussion

‘Brian: We mustn’t fight each other. Surely, we should be united against the common enemy? Mass of fighting lefties: The Judean Peaple’s Front!!!??? Brian: No, No. The Romans! Mass of now peaceful lefties: Ohhh, yeah.’ -Monty Python’s Life of Brian   The subject of left unity was discussed at our last meeting, and as you…

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What is wrong with Democracy

In memory of Alan MacSimoin “For two decades the supporters of Bolshevism have been hammering it into the masses that dictatorship is a vital necessity for the defence of the so-called proletarian interests against the assaults of counter-revolution and for paving the way for Socialism. They have not advanced the cause of Socialism by this propaganda, but…

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The tyranny of the narrative

“The receptivity of the masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In consequence of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to…

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Jean Baudrillard on Response and Revolution

The mass media are anti-mediatory and intransitive. They fabricate non-communication—this is what characterizes them, if one agrees to define communication as an exchange, as a reciprocal space of a speech and a response, and thus of a responsibility (not a psychological or moral responsibility, but a personal, mutual correlation in exchange). We must understand communication…

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